Service Matters: A Summit on Jewish Service

New York, New York
Thursday, September 15, 2016


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Service Matters: A Summit on Jewish Service
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Convene, 237 Park Avenue, NYC


8:00 AM                      
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00 AM         
The Jewish Service Story

Lisa Eisen, Vice President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Chair Emeritus, Repair the World
Jeff Schoenfeld, President, UJA-Federation of New York

Service is How I Do Jewish
Cheryl Einhorn, Trustee, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

Ian Cohen,
Executive Director, Next Generation Men
Rabbi Jessy Gross, Senior Director of Jewish Life, JCC Baltimore
Andrew Mangino, Co-Founder and CEO, The Future Project
Erin Schrode, Citizen Activist, Congressional Candidate, and Co-Founder, Turning Green

When Meaningful Service Meets Jewish Engagement
David Eisner, President and CEO, Repair the World
Field Overview & Moderato

Cheryl Cook, Executive Director, Avodah
David Cygielman, CEO, Moishe House
Sarah Eisenman, Executive Director, JDC Entwine
Matt Grossman, CEO, BBYO
Sheila Katz, Vice President of Social Entrepreneurship, Hillel International

11:00am                    Recharge

11:15am-12:30pm    Burning Questions
Get your creative juices flowing. Join one (or more!) intimate and generative 
conversations about Jewish service -- or start your own!

12:30pm-1:30pm     Networking Lunch 

1:30pm-2:10pm       Political Seasons of Service

Greetings from the White House & City Hall
Chanan Weissman, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement and Liaison to the American Jewish Community
Paula Gavin, Chief Service Officer, NYC Service

America’s Service Journey
Kari Saratovsky, Principal, Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies

Steve Goldsmith, Director of the Innovations in Government Program, Harvard’s Kennedy School
Ambassador Alan Solomont, Dean, Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University
Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service

2:20pm-3:45pm   Working Groups: From Vision to Action
15 sessions will convene and you will meet with experts to focus on making recommendations, sharing priorities, identifying opportunities and otherwise advancing the service agenda.
See below for detailed descriptions of Working Groups.

3:45pm                 Recharge

4:00pm-5:00pm   Mobilizing Jewish Service for Racial Justice
Evan Traylor, Presidential Fellow for Millennial Engagement, Union for Reform Judaism

Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder, Teach for All
Diane Bell McKoy, CEO, Associated Black Charities
Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center
Cindy Greenberg, Executive Director, Repair the World New York

Reflections and Close
David Eisner, President and CEO, Repair the World

List of Working Groups
Working Groups have been assigned. If you have any questions about your assignment, please contact

Powering Action Through Storytelling: Media for Engagement and Impact with Abby Goldberg (Consultant, Media & Impact Strategy)
Media - particularly video and social media - play a key role in engaging communities, both recruiting volunteers and providing new opportunities for citizen participation in solving the critical issues of our time. How can we take this a step further to create greater action and impact through by using storytelling?
From a Year of Jewish Service to a Lifetime of Justice: Working with Alumni to Amplify your Impact with Rachel Glicksman (AVODAH)
How do we continue to engage alumni in service, social justice work, and Jewish communal life beyond a short term experience, and do we build on that work in the larger framework of creating a Jewish social justice movement?
Engaging Alumni in a Lifetime of Service: The Critical Role of the Theory of Change with Aviva Jacobs (Teach For America)

Participants will dig deeply to determine where and how to engage alumni by using Teach for America as a case study and by examining what their organizations are already successfully doing.
Connecting the Dots: Engaging Alumni of Global Jewish Service Programs Back Home with Dyonna Ginsburg (OLAM)

What are the challenges and opportunities in engaging alumni of global Jewish service programs upon their return to their home communities?
Jewish Social Justice on Campus with Hillel International & Challah for Hunger
How can we engage more Jewish Students on Campus through Social Justice and Service in ways that can help both build student Jewish identity and make a visible impact in the community?
The Next Generation of Jewish Service Leaders: How to Meaningfully Engage Teens in Service with BBYO & Union For Reform Judaism
What types of service opportunities best engage teenagers? How do ensure they meet real community needs?
Food Waste and Hunger: Using Service to Bridge the Disconnect with Leah Lizarondo (412 Food Rescue) & Zack Block (Repair the World Pittsburgh)
How can service contribute towards eliminating hunger and food waste?
Mobilizing Volunteers to Address the Education Gap with Wendy Smith (Higher Achievement) and Jono DeLeon (Guitars over Guns)
The educational equity gap is skills-based and dispositional. How can we best utilize volunteers to address that dual nature of the challenge?
Embodying Welcome: Exploring the Role of Jewish Volunteers in Refugee Resettlement and Integration with Merrill Zack (HIAS) & Rachel Peric (Welcoming America)
What does creating a welcoming community for refugees really mean, and what roles can volunteers play in bringing it to fruition?

Exploring the Relationship between Service and Advocacy with Stosh Cotler & Rachel Ackoff (Bend the Arc)
How do we move people who are already engaged in service into advocacy work on related issues and how do we encourage people who are already engaged in advocacy to get proximate and into deep relationship with directly impacted communities?
What does the "Jewish" in Jewish Service Mean? How to Improve the Ways we Integrate Jewish Wisdom in Service Experiences with Dara Steinberg (Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah) & Abby Levine (Jewish Social Justice Roundtable)
This working group will explore what makes the magic happen in Jewish service -- when, how and why service experiences feel integrated with Judaism. All are welcome, and we especially encourage people who have had or are currently involved with Jewish experiences of doing service.
Engaging Jewish Millennials in Meaningful Service with Cindy Greenberg & Maital Friedman (Repair the World)
Meaningful service has an impact on the participants and the community. This working group will use Repair the World's unique methodology to examine the best practices for engaging millennials in meaningful service.
Social Impact Storytelling: How to Build Stories that Inspire Action with Sarah Yourgrau, Producer/Director
What makes some stories effective.... and others fall flat? Collectively, the group will evaluate what the key ingredients of good storytelling are and try to apply them to our own personal calls-to-action or service passion.The group will think their own lives and what triggers them to want to be a participant in the change vs. just a spectator.
Utilizing the Power of Farming to Effect Social Change with Naomi Rabkin (Leichtag Foundation) & Nigel Savage (Hazon) and Nati Passow (Jewish Farm School)

How can the power of the Jewish immersive farming experience be leveraged for social change?

Constructing a Research and Evaluation Agenda for the Jewish Service Field with Mordy Walfish (Repair the World)
How do we move beyond measuring individual programmatic impact to think about the impact of the Jewish service field as a whole?

Stay for an extra day! Volunteer with us on Friday, September 16, 2016
Service Matters: In Action

Join Repair the World and our NYC community partners for a morning of service on Friday, Sept. 16th at 9am in Brooklyn, NYC. Volunteers will have the opportunity to choose from multiple projects including: food pantries, SNAP outreach, anti-violence canvassing, tutoring, urban farming, soup kitchens and construction. All opportunities will be easily accessible by public transportation and will include substantive service learning. To sign up for an activity on the 9/16 Day of Service, click here.

Opportunities include (LIST IN FORMATION):

Food Preparation at St. John's Bread and Life
8am - 10am, 795 Lexington Ave, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn
SJBL's food program serves 2,500 meals to hungry New Yorkers every day. Volunteers will work alongside staff in the kitchen preparing fresh food for breakfast, lunch, and the mobile soup kitchen.

SNAP Outreach with Hunger Free America
10 am - 1 pm, At the Repair the World Workshop, 808 Nostrand Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Special Greetings from Joel Berg, Executive Director of Hunger Free America. Volunteers will distribute information about SNAP programs and locations in Central Brooklyn.

Food Pantry Work with Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
10:30 am - 1 pm, 2010 Fulton Street, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn
Special Greetings from Dr. Meloney Samuels, Executive Director of BSCAH. Volunteers will support BSCAH's food pantry by distributing food, harvesting fresh organic produce, and completing other farm tasks. Please wear close toed shoes and bring water.

Farming at Imani Garden with New York Restoration Project
10:30am - 12:30pm, 87-91 Schenectady Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Volunteers will be planting fall wheat grass by turning the soil, composting, installing a water drip system, and spreading seed at this important community farm in Eastern Crown Heights. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring water. support community agriculture by preparing the farm for the fall.

Lunch with Seniors at the Manny Cantor Center in partnership with Live with Purpose
10:30am - 1pm, 197 E Broadway, Manhattan
Volunteer to serve a hot, healthy kosher lunch to older adults on the Lower East Side that are members of The Weinberg Center for Balanced Living at Manny Cantor Center.


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